Originally Posted by DaleDe
Certainly NIV is a translation. It is my preferred reading format but not my preferred study format. I personally use several versions to study and understand the truth in scripture in lieu of trying to learn the source language the way it was written thousands of years ago. Even knowing this modern versions of the source language isn't enough so I depend on professionals and the multiplicity of versions with guidance from the Holy Spirit to get at the truth. YMMV.
Yup. I actually perfer the internet for studying. With places like NET Bible
and Blue Letter Bible
or Pocket E-Sword
it's pretty easy to compare text between multiple translations and have access to multiple commentaries, concordance and encyclopedias all at once.